Heligoland, island on the high seas
Heligoland, Germany's only island in the high seas, lies far out in the North Sea. The rustic, spectacular red rocks of the cliff, the white sands of the bathing dune, the blue-green sea all around and the unspoiled nature with rare seabirds has been attracting visitor from near and far for decades.
It is simply a lot of fun to stroll along the Heligoland shore, to visit the colourful lobster shacks at the harbour, admire paintings and handcraft of the local artists oder enjoy secialties of Heligoland in one of the many restaurants.
There are many islands on the German North Sea shore, but none is comparable to Heligoland. Approx. 44 miles from the main land the mighty rock of new red sandstone with its green top rises from the sea and presents a unique fauna and flora and a high sea climate that benefits from the proximity of the gulf stream.
Heligoland is an oasis for those who are afflicted by stress. The island is a unique natural monument spared by ecological problems. Heligoland also is a versatile holiday and adventure destination and a spa, in all seasons. You will find that a lot of things are a little different on Heligoland, though. On a short foray you will learn a lot of noteworthy, useful, surprising and contemplative facts about Heliogoland, Germany's only island on the high seas. Because Heligoland truely is unique.
Spectacle of Nature in the open North Sea
The new red sandstone as well as shell limestone and chalk represent a unique ground for settlement of the unique flora and fauna. Due to the extreme location of Heligoland, plants and animals settled here that cannot be foud elsewhere in the North Sea. As a special feature domestic wild varieties of our cultivated plants occur on Heligoland.
Especially in spring and autumn Heligoland is a resting area for several thousand migrating birds. They get caught by the employees of the "Ornithological Station Heligoland", get ringed, measured, weighed and sent to their onward journey. On Germanys only bird rock, the rock of guillemots on Heligoland, a colony of breeding birds with more than 5000 twosome birds can be observed fom April to september regarding behaviour and breeding biology.
The secret "jewel" of the island, the dune, is located one kilometer besides the main island. On about 1000 meter length and 700 meter width 130,000 qm finest beach are at the guests disposal. The dune off the coast of the main island is a paradise for sun worshippers and nature lovers. At some days up to 350 seals and common seals are splashing about in the water.
The Dune-Ferry shuttles (subject to a charge) several times daily between the main island and the dune.
Duty- and VAT free Shopping Paradise
Nowhere in Germany you can go shopping that cheap and good. Regarding the toll, Heligoland is a foreign country and is outside of EU tax law obligations. After the lapse of the "Buttertrips", sea trips to buy duty-free goods, the island preserved this priviledge and so still offers its good not only duty- but also value-added-tax free. High-quality liquors and tobacco products, perfumery, optical equipment and designer clothes belong to the product range of the shops. On Heligoland you may purchase goods and products with a total value of430,00 € free of duty.
Some traders and merchands have specialized on unique goods and services, so very high-quality good can be offered. The beginnigs of the exemption from taxation goes back to the times of the English rule from 1807 to 1890. Along with the handover to the German Reich, it was set that special regulations implemented under the English rule should endure under the "German Flag".
You would like to have more time on Heligoland? No problem, we offer the longest stay on the island.
Take advantage of the opportunity to see the seals and harbour seals on the Dune or take a leisurely stroll through the small alleys on the upper and lower land or even book a boat trip around the island ... there is enough time.
Four and a half hours stay on the island every Tuesday and Thursday during our season with FRS Helgoline and the "Halunder Jet".